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Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable (LCCWRT) promotes and further stimulates interest in all aspects and phases of the Civil War period.

The round table meets second Tuesday of the month except for January and February. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments are provided at 7 PM. Attendance is free for the first meeting. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our county’s history during the period of the Civil War. Informed speakers present battles, leaders and life on the home front and audience participation is e

The round table meets second Tuesday of the month except for January and February. Meetings start at 7:30 PM. Light refreshments are provided at 7 PM. Attendance is free for the first meeting. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in our county’s history during the period of the Civil War. Informed speakers present battles, leaders and life on the home front and audience participation is e

Operating as usual

12/12/2022

LCCWRT: Dec 13, Annual Christmas Members Meeting

Meeting at Balch Library on Tuesday, 13 December at 6:30. Please plan to attend this special members meeting as it is the last one of the year. There will be no meeting in January and February. We will restart in March 2023. Dues will remain at $25.

Instead of hosting a guest speaker, our December meeting will be a "round table" (without a table) discussion among our members. What will the topics be? Whatever each of us has been researching or just reading about concerning various aspects of "The Late Unpleasantness." Considering the breadth & depth of our members' knowledge, this should be a fascinating discussion. We hope to see you all there!

12/09/2022

Feeling generous this holiday season? 🙏

Did you know Civil War Trails is a non-profit?

Thanks to our partners, sponsors, and donors we are able to maintain the system of interpretive and directional sigs you love as well as to update, print, and distribute the brochures to visitors from around the world.

Although most of our sites have sponsors occasionally one or two slip through the cracks. Today we are asking you to help us raise $200 to sustain the "Mile Hill" site outside of Leesburg, Virginia. Donations of any amount are tax deductible too!

Here on Sep. 2nd, 1862 Virginians, some uniformed in blue and some in gray clashed an epic cavalry clash that epitomized the Civil War. Across this field charged Union men from the Loudoun Rangers and Cole's Cavalry, right into a trap set by Confederate Col. Munford. Two days later, with Leesburg clear of Union soldiers the Army of Northern Virginia marched through town on their way to Maryland. 🥾

Help keep this site going next year by giving today using our secure Paypal Giving Fund link below. Or, feel free to write a check to Civil War Trails, Inc. at PO Box 1862, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23187.

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11/06/2022

November topic: A Consequence of Inexperience and Ineptness: Atypical Incidents at Shiloh” With Greg Mertz

Meeting time: Tuesday, November 8 at Balch Library, 630 pm.

Greg Mertz: Greg grew up near St. Louis, Missouri, where annual visits by his Boy Scout troop to the Shiloh National Military Park resulted in his fascination with the Civil War and his love of parks. His long-time interest in Shiloh culminated in 2019 when he authored the book Attack at Daylight and Whip Them: The Battle of Shiloh, April 6-7, 1862 in the Emerging Civil War series. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration at the University of Missouri, he worked for four years at Gettysburg National Military Park and the Eisenhower National Historic Site. While at Gettysburg, he also earned a master’s in Public Administration from Shippensburg University.

Greg then transferred to Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park where he worked for 36 years -- 27 of them as the Supervisory Historian, managing the park’s visitor services. Greg retired in 2021 and now conducts battlefield tours for Fredericksburg tours and serves on the boards of the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Round Table, Brandy Station Foundation and Friends of Wilderness Battlefield.

Lecture Subject: “A Consequence of Inexperience and Ineptness: Atypical Incidents at Shiloh”

In the fall of 2020 Greg Mertz presented a virtual program on the battle of Shiloh examining a dozen decisions that impacted the outcome and our understanding of the battle. He will be “returning” in person this fall for another program on Shiloh, this time focusing on the nature of the fighting.
The ranks of the armies that fought early in the Civil War were naturally full of inexperienced soldiers who often inflicted relatively light casualties upon each other. The April 6-7, 1862 battle of Shiloh was a battle with a significant number of green troops serving under officers still learning their roles, but it was also a battle with a shockingly large number of killed and wounded that eclipsed the losses of any previous battles in American history. Shiloh was the first battle in our past in which both armies suffered in excess of 10,000 casualties.
Only 17% of the Confederate army is estimated to have ever fired a shot in battle before engaged at Shiloh. In the Union army, 3½ of the 9 divisions on the field had been in a battle prior to Shiloh. The most experienced officers, including numerous West Point graduates, were placed in ranks much higher and in command of units much larger than they were accustomed to in the peacetime army. From the most recently recruited enlisted man to the top generals, soldiers at every level faced challenges that they had never faced before. They were being tested in a battle that would result in more casualties than Americans suffered in all other battles of all other wars prior to the battle of Shiloh. Most of the soldiers did amazingly well as they adapted to the severe conditions they were forced to endure at Shiloh. But many units also performed poorly and many officers made egregious mistakes. This program will examine some of the unusual things that occurred in the battle of Shiloh, largely attributed to the inexperience of both soldiers and officers.

10/23/2022

Remember to join us for battle anniversary events on a new date NEXT weekend Saturday October 29! 💣⚔️

LCCWRT Meeting: Oct 11, 6:30, Scott Mingus, Chickamauga a “Soldiers’ Battle”Meeting at Balch Library starting at 6:30. R...
10/07/2022
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LCCWRT Meeting: Oct 11, 6:30, Scott Mingus, Chickamauga a “Soldiers’ Battle”

Meeting at Balch Library starting at 6:30. Reminder, there is additional parking across from Balch in the church parking lot.

Chickamauga , although the Civil War’s second-largest battle in terms of casualties, has had far fewer books written about it than the thousands of books penned about the war’s bloodiest battle, Gettysburg. Less than three dozen authors have tackled Chickamauga in any depth and most previous studies are of the full battle. What has been remarkable has been the dearth of books about specific brigades, regiments, or state troops at Chickamauga, unlike Gettysburg which has a plethora of specialty books. Scott Mingus’s and Joe Owen’s Unceasing Fury: Texans at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 18-20, 1863, is the first full-length book to examine in detail the role of troops from the Lone Star State.

Chickamauga was deemed as “the soldiers’ battle” because of the perception in the ranks of a lack of direct involvement of senior-level leadership. More than 4,400 of these soldiers were from the state of Texas. One out of every four of the Lone Star boys who fought at Chickamauga fell there. The surviving Texans gave us vivid descriptions of battle action, the anguish of losing friends, the pain and loneliness of being so far away from home, and their often-colorful opinions of their generals.
Texans fought in almost every major sector of the sprawling Chickamauga battlefield, from the first attacks on September 18 on the bridges spanning the creek to the final attack on Snodgrass Hill on the third day of fighting. In between, Texas regiments launched attack after attack against Union lines in now famous spots such as the Viniard farm, Poe Field, Kelly Field, and North Dyer Field. Ultimately, Union mistakes led to a tactical Confederate victory, one that was marred by the strategic mistake of not aggressively pursuing the retreating Federals and seizing the vital transportation hub at Chattanooga. Drawn from personal accounts, memoirs, post-war newspaper articles, diaries, and other primary sources, this richly detailed study explores the critical role that Texas enlisted men and officers played in the three days of fighting near West Chickamauga Creek in September 1863.

Scott Mingus is a retired scientist and executive in the global pulp & paper industry. The Ohio native was part of the research team that developed the first commercially successful self-adhesive U.S. postage stamps and he was a pioneer in bar code labels. He has written 28 Civil War and Underground Railroad books and numerous articles for Gettysburg Magazine and other historical journals. He has appeared on C-SPAN, C-SPAN3, PCN, and other TV networks. Mingus writes a blog on the Civil War history of York County, PA, where he lives (www.yorkblog.com/cannonball). He has written six scenario books for miniature wargaming. A great-great-grandfather was a 15-year-old musician and rifleman in the 51st Ohio in the Western Theater, and a great-grandfather was in the 183rd Ohio during the 1865 Carolinas Campaign. Other family members fought at Antietam and Gettysburg in the 7th West Virginia of the Army of the Potomac.

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09/09/2022

September Meeting: Sigel & Breckinridge: Lessons in Leadership from the Battle of New Market. Our speaker is Sarah Kay Bierle!

Meeting at Balch Library, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Our meeting starts at 6:30. Please consider inviting a friend to our meeting. New members are always welcome.

"Two generals, two different life stories, and one battlefield where they clashed. This presentation examines the lives and experiences of Union General Franz Sigel and Confederate John C. Breckinridge and how their leadership styles and decisions changed history on a rainy afternoon near the crossroads town of New Market on May 15, 1864."

Sarah Kay Bierle graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in History, serves as managing editor at Emerging Civil War, and works in the Education Department at American Battlefield Trust. She has spent years exploring ways to share quality historical research in ways that will inform and inspire modern audiences, including school presentations, writing, and speaking engagements. Sarah has published three historical fiction books and her first nonfiction book, Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market, is part of the Emerging Civil War series. She is currently working on a short biography of John Pelham for the Emerging Civil War series and continues to pursue research on military and civilian interactions in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.

08/08/2022

August Meeting, Tuesday 9 August!

We will be meeting at the Balch Library, meeting starts at 6:30. Dues were due in March. Please consider reaching out to potential members - invite a guest. The speaker committee is interested in knowing what topics interest you. Please let the LCCWRT know what topics you interest you in the comments.

This month's topic:
Jon Guttman will discuss the battle of Piedmont.

The Battle of Piedmont, was the main sequel to New Market, but it proved just a prelude to yet another turn in the fortunes of war, leading to the Union occupation of Staunton, the burning of VMI, the trashing of Lexington and the Battle of Lynchburg. Piedmont is also somewhat interesting in its producing three Medal of Honor recipients, all of whom were born outside the country (Wales, Scotland and Hungary).

07/11/2022

July meeting!

LCCWRT will meet at Balch Library at 6:30, July 12. Dues are due. $25, checks should be made out to: LCCWRT. Additional parking is available across the street at the church.

Speaker is Gene Schmiel

Mr. Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer who also was an Assistant Professor of History at St. Francis University (PA). He holds a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University. Gene has written 18 books about the Civil War. His first, Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era, was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press. His most recent books are "bookends" of the war: Baptism of Fire at First Bull Run and Civil War Last Rites at Appomattox and Bennett Place. He is co-author of the first biography of Union General Irvin McDowell, Searching for Irvin McDowell, The Civil War's Forgotten General, to be published in July by Savas-Beatie. He has lectured at over 30 Civil War Round Tables, including Loudoun County. He and his wife Kathryn live in Gainesville, Virginia, which abuts the Manassas Battlefields.

Mr. Schmiel's talk will be about "Civil War Women: Underestimated and Indispensable," which is the title of two books Gene has written on this topic. Women's role in American Society underwent titanic changes because of the Civil War. . Women who had the intellectual ability, guile, strength, and, figuratively speaking, "sharp elbows," emerged from the restrictions society had placed on them to become leaders in many fields. Women became doctors, nurses, spies, soldiers, and even presidential advisers, and took on new roles which would not have been possible without the impact of the Civil War. Gene's books include the biographies of 100 of these women, and he will discuss some of the best known like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, and those who are less known, but deserve more attention, like Mary Bickerdyke and Eizabeth Van Lew.

Around town for the Fourth of July?  Check it out!
06/16/2022

Around town for the Fourth of July? Check it out!

Join us as we proudly march in the Leesburg 4th of July Parade 🇺🇸 and afterwards at the battlefield where we will again host the George Mason University 8th Green Machine Regiment Band for a 1:00 PM performance. We will also have an artillery firing demonstration with the James Cannon at 2:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing all of our members, family, and friends at the parade and park. Happy 4th of July!

06/13/2022

June 2022 LCCWRT: Speaker William Connery: John Mosby, June 14, 2022! We hope to see you there! Note the new start time!

Meeting will start at 6:30 at the Balch Library. Dues are now due. Checks of $25 should be made out to "LCCWRT".

William Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for his previous History Press book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

Topic:
The most famous Civil War name in Northern Virginia, other than General Robert E. Lee, is Colonel John S. Mosby, the Gray Ghost. He stands out among nearly 1,000 generals who served in the war, celebrated most for his raids that captured Union general Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax Court House and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill, near Alexandria. By 1864, he was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a nightmare for Union troops protecting Washington City. After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as U.S. consul. A personal mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby’s military legacy extended to World War II. William S. Connery brings alive the many dimensions of this controversial American hero.

05/09/2022

This month’s topic is “The Roads to Manassas”, focusing on 1st Manassas, as illustrated by Mr. Kammerer’s artwork covering this battle. We are meeting at Balch Library. The meeting is on Tuesday, May 10. Meeting starts at 6:30. Please note the new time!

Brian G. Kammerer is a professional artist from Rowayton, CT, with a BA in History, Film, and Art from Denison College in Ohio. After graduating he began a career in advertising, doing film production, storyboards, and animation. Branching out into freelance work allowed him more time for fine art. His early inspirations were the sea and the Civil War; his Civil War work focusses on highly detailed overhead battlefield views. Many of his paintings are on display on the website "Civil War Battle Map Art."

04/12/2022

Sorry for the late notification—please note new starting time of 6:30 pm!

LCCWRT April 12 Meeting, Speaker Eric Buckland at BALCH LIBRARY STARTING 6:30

We are meeting at Balch Library starting any 6:30. This is due to the Town of Leesburg and COVID. We need to vacate the Library by 8PM. Dues are due. Please make you checks out to "LCCWRT". Ours dues are staying the same, $25.

Speaker

Eric Buckland was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army in 1977. After a 22-year career, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Most of his time in the service was spent in Special Forces. Some of his awards include the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. At the end of 2021, Eric retired for a second time after working as a policy analyst on national counter drug issues and policies for the U. S. Government.

Eric has written several books about some of the men who rode with Mosby’s Rangers. He has appeared on C-SPAN twice and has had two articles published in America’s Civil War magazine. He is in his third term as President of The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

Eric Buckland will be discussing his book entitled, “From Rockbridge to Loudoun: Mosby’s Keydet Rangers.” 57 men attended the Virginia Military Institute and rode with Mosby’s Rangers. 21 of those same men also fought in the Battle of New Market with VMI’s Corps of Cadets. Eric will be sharing stories into the lives of some of those 57 men.

From the Friends of Ball’s Bluff!
03/26/2022

From the Friends of Ball’s Bluff!

At Fredericksburg December 11, 1862, Edwards Ferry vets the 7th Michigan and Ball’s Bluff burial detail the 19th Massachusetts became the first U.S. Army units to execute a riverine crossing under fire. The Federal pontoon bridge-building operation at the town’s upper crossing was contested with such accurate Rebel fire that an amphibious assault was required to secure the opposite riverbank.

Protected from Rebel fire by this steep bank above the Rappahannock, the 7th MI & 19th MA ferried across the river, deployed as skirmishers and began to clear the edge of town in house-to-house fighting more commonly associated with cities like Hue or Fallujah. Here on the streets of Fredericksburg, the Federals engaged in the first major urban warfare on American soil against Mississippians commanded by Col. William Barksdale.

The 7th MI and 19th MA advanced up Hawke Street contested house to house by the 17th Mississippi, a former Ball’s Bluff foe concealed in town cellars
to pepper the open Federal position in the streets with small arms fire.

The 20th Massachusetts joined the Federal advance and attacked the Caroline/Hawke intersection with Company I under Ball’s Bluff vet Henry Abbott pushing through in the lead. At this dangerous intersection they sustained a ferocious fire from reinforcements in the 13th Mississippi, some of whom were the same Rebels the Harvard Regiment faced at Ball’s Bluff.

In the year since Ball’s Bluff, combat resentment between the two sides had grown. A week after Fredericksburg, Lt. Henry C. Ropes of the 20th MA wrote of the savage street fighting in a bucolic American city: “The orders to the whole Brigade were to bayonet every armed man found firing from a house, this being, I believe, contrary to the rules of war, but not of course —obeyed,”

Upon witnessing the Federal looting and bombardment of the town, Robert E. Lee supposedly said, “These people delight to destroy the weak and those who can make no defense; it just suits them!” Though the Federals briefly held the town, Barksdale’s delaying action bought Lee enough time to set up an impossible Rebel position to assail west of the town.

Since Fredericksburg was the first major battle after Lincoln announced the Emancipation Proclamation, and believing that military victories were required to sustain the emancipation order, Lincoln and the nation were shaken by the results of the battle: a dominant Rebel victory inflicting more than 12,000 Federal casualties.

After the Federal defeat Frederick Douglass was skeptical Lincoln would still sign the Emancipation Proclamation, set to go into effect January 1, 1863. In a late December editorial Douglass encouraged
Lincoln not to, “trifle with the wounds of his bleeding country while the cold earth around Fredericksburg is wet with warm blood of our patriot soldiers — every one of whom was slain by slaveholding rebels.”

On New Year’s Day 1863 at Tremont Temple in Boston, Douglass and other abolitionists impatiently waited for the announcement that Lincoln had signed the emancipation order. When a messenger arrived late in the evening to announce that the president had indeed signed the proclamation, the multiracial crowd “erupted in shouts of praise and hymns of rejoicing.”

03/01/2022

March 2022 Meeting: The Seminary Hospital at Gettysburg

Our March meeting, the first of 2022, is in person at at Senior Center of Leesburg, at 102 North Street NW, Leesburg VA 20175. This is just a few blocks north of our usual meeting location. Again, we will NOT meet at Thomas Balch Library, but instead at the Senior Center of Leesburg.

As this is our first meeting of 2022, we will have some business and administration to get out of the way during the meeting.

Speaker: Codie Eash

Location: Senior Center of Leesburg, at 102 North Street NW, Leesburg VA 20175

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., March 8, 2022. Please plan to arrive early so we can get organized and get re-acquainted.

Topic: The Seminary Hospital at Gettysburg

Gettysburg’s first Lutheran Seminary edifice stood for three decades by the time of the great battle, serving as a home and workplace for dozens of students, faculty, and staff on the campus of the theological school. Yet on July 1, 1863, one veteran remembered, the five-story brick structure “changed from the halls of learning to a scene of bloodshed and carnage” as hundreds of wounded soldiers sought refuge and care within its walls.

Join Codie Eash of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center as he explores the origins of the Seminary Hospital, the personal stories of its patients, and its legacy as one of the largest and longest-serving military medical facilities anywhere on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Codie Eash serves as Director of Education and Museum Operations at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in Gettysburg, and is a 2014 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor degree in communication/journalism and held a minor in history. In addition to museum tours and interpretation, he lectures for National Park Service sites, historical societies, Civil War roundtables, educational groups, and other organizations. He has published articles and essays in local newspapers, regional magazines, and national history journals. Codie is a founding contributor to the collaborative project Pennsylvania in the Civil War; writes book reviews for Civil War Monitor; and maintains the Facebook blog “Codie Eash – Writer and Historian,” which primarily focuses on the Civil War era.

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”
03/31/2020
Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Interview: Quest, “I Held Lincoln”

Richard Quest, Author of I Held Lincoln: A Union Soldier’s Journey Home (spoiler alert – this book is much more about the soldier’s journey than about his role in the moments afte…

03/22/2020

UPDATE: Due to local and state policies in response to COVID 19, Balch Library (the venue at which we meet) is closed to the public until further notice. In addition, the library has cancelled all public meetings through the end of June. Given the present ban on public gatherings in excess of ten people, we have decided not to move our April, May, or June meetings to alternate locations. Those meetings/speakers will be rescheduled. Thank you for your understanding. Be safe. Wash hands. Social distance. We will look towards alternative means of providing your "Civil War Fix" in spite of the virus!

03/17/2020

Due to the current public safety policies, we at the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable are cancelling our scheduled April meeting. Please check back with us here on Facebook or on our website for more updates. We will assess the situation regarding future meetings and post notices when we have more information.

04/03/2019

Pickett's Charge is perhaps the most discussed and debated attack during the Civil War. Join us in examining why by walking the footsteps of Loudoun's 8th Virginia infantry during the attack. Follow the link for more information and registration below.

https://bit.ly/2HtvtsP

Timeline Photos
03/12/2019

Timeline Photos

🚨Save the dates!

We are excited to announce our spring lectures and tours. Stay tuned for details on how to register. We hope you can join us for these events and stop by to see our most recent exhibit, “Caught in the Maelstrom of Civil War: Loudoun County Divided”.

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12.  Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, P...
03/04/2019
March 2019 Meeting – Scott Mingus

Our first meeting of the 2019 season is on March 12. Scott Mingus will discuss JEB Stuart's ride through York County, Pennsylvania. Come join us at Balch Library that evening!

The March 2019 meeting kicks off the new year of the Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable. Members, Please give your $25 dues to Gary Mester. Board of Directors, Please stay after for a meeting. Mee…

Schedule
01/14/2019
Schedule

Schedule

Speakers and Topics Scheduled for 2019 March 12, 2019—Scott Mingus, Jr. : General JEB Stuart in York County during the Gettysburg Campaign April 9, 2019—Eric Wittenberg : The Battle of Aiken and ca…

More vandalism in the National Battlefield Parks....
08/12/2015

More vandalism in the National Battlefield Parks....

This is one of the most colorful and artistic interactions with our resources that we have ever seen. However, we must point out that tampering with park property is prohibited and ask that visitors refrain from such expressions in the future.

We've posted our 2015 speaker schedule, with a couple of TBDs to work out.  Hope to see you all at these excellent talks...
01/12/2015
Schedule

We've posted our 2015 speaker schedule, with a couple of TBDs to work out. Hope to see you all at these excellent talks over the year to come!

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable 2015 Speakers March 10 - Stephen Recker - Antietam Photography April 14 - George Franks III - The Battle of Falling Waters May 12 - John Cummings - The Battle of...

10/14/2014

Update and change for tomorrow night's meeting. Unfortunately Mr. Bearss will not be able to join us. We are working to line up a replacement speaker. And we hope you will still plan on attending - same time, same place. Just different speaker.

06/05/2014
Famous Potomac River Crossing Becomes Regional Park

White's Ford Regional Park to open on Monday.

On Monday, June 9, 2014, NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) will officially open and dedicate White’s Ford Regional Park. The beautiful 295-acre property is located on the shores of the Potomac River just north of Leesburg, and will offer visitors a passive recreational experienc…

Upcoming Civil War Events
04/17/2014
Upcoming Civil War Events

Upcoming Civil War Events

The 1851 Mt. Zion Old School Baptist Church, on Rt. 50 east of Gilbert’s Corner, will open April 27, for the 2014 season of guided tours conducted on the fourth Sunday of each month.

Reminder about Saturday's event.
03/25/2014
Anker's Shop and Miskel's Farm: Fighting along the Turnpike

Reminder about Saturday's event.

Join local Civil War historians, living historians, and the Loudoun County Civil War 150th Committee in lectures commemorating two Civil War actions fought in eastern Loudoun County - Anker's Shop ...

The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable is proud to announce its 2014 schedule of speakers.  We have an august list of s...
02/17/2014
Schedule

The Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable is proud to announce its 2014 schedule of speakers. We have an august list of speakers providing balanced coverage of the Civil War from a sesquicentennial perspective.

Loudoun County Civil War Roundtable 2014 Speakers March 11 - Rich Gillespie - Mosby: The Gray Ghost in Loudoun, 1864. April 8 - Lee White - Pat Cleburne: Stonewall of the West. May 13 - Jimmy Price...

Timeline Photos
10/13/2013

Timeline Photos

"The Battle of the Haystacks" was a part of the Battle of Aldie 150 years ago on June 17, 1863. This fight occurred at Furr's Farm, on the sharp bend on Snickersville Turnpike, just before it descends to meet up with Route 50 between Aldie and Middleburg.

Using a stone wall on Furr's Farm, Confederate sharpshooters held off Union forces long enough for reinforcements to arrive and turn the battle into the South's favor.

A new "Civil War Trails" sign has been posted along Route 50 near the battle to teach visitors about this battle, one of several along Route 50 from June 17 to June 21, a screening action by Jeb Stuart's cavalry to prevent the Union from learning Lee was marching north to invade again.

Please join the Loudoun Civil War Sesquicentennial Committee this Thursday the 17th, 2:00pm at the Briar Patch Bed and Breakfast for a ceremony dedicating this new sign.

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September Meeting: Sigel & Breckinridge: Lessons in Leadership from the Battle of New Market. Our speaker is Sarah Kay Bierle!

Meeting at Balch Library, on Tuesday, Sept. 13. Our meeting starts at 6:30. Please consider inviting a friend to our meeting. New members are always welcome.

"Two generals, two different life stories, and one battlefield where they clashed. This presentation examines the lives and experiences of Union General Franz Sigel and Confederate John C. Breckinridge and how their leadership styles and decisions changed history on a rainy afternoon near the crossroads town of New Market on May 15, 1864."

Sarah Kay Bierle graduated from Thomas Edison State University with a BA in History, serves as managing editor at Emerging Civil War, and works in the Education Department at American Battlefield Trust. She has spent years exploring ways to share quality historical research in ways that will inform and inspire modern audiences, including school presentations, writing, and speaking engagements. Sarah has published three historical fiction books and her first nonfiction book, Call Out The Cadets: The Battle of New Market, is part of the Emerging Civil War series. She is currently working on a short biography of John Pelham for the Emerging Civil War series and continues to pursue research on military and civilian interactions in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley.
August Meeting, Tuesday 9 August!

We will be meeting at the Balch Library, meeting starts at 6:30. Dues were due in March. Please consider reaching out to potential members - invite a guest. The speaker committee is interested in knowing what topics interest you. Please let the LCCWRT know what topics you interest you in the comments.

This month's topic:
Jon Guttman will discuss the battle of Piedmont.

The Battle of Piedmont, was the main sequel to New Market, but it proved just a prelude to yet another turn in the fortunes of war, leading to the Union occupation of Staunton, the burning of VMI, the trashing of Lexington and the Battle of Lynchburg. Piedmont is also somewhat interesting in its producing three Medal of Honor recipients, all of whom were born outside the country (Wales, Scotland and Hungary).
July meeting!

LCCWRT will meet at Balch Library at 6:30, July 12. Dues are due. $25, checks should be made out to: LCCWRT. Additional parking is available across the street at the church.

Speaker is Gene Schmiel

Mr. Schmiel is a retired U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer who also was an Assistant Professor of History at St. Francis University (PA). He holds a Ph.D. degree from The Ohio State University. Gene has written 18 books about the Civil War. His first, Citizen-General: Jacob Dolson Cox and the Civil War Era, was published in 2014 by Ohio University Press. His most recent books are "bookends" of the war: Baptism of Fire at First Bull Run and Civil War Last Rites at Appomattox and Bennett Place. He is co-author of the first biography of Union General Irvin McDowell, Searching for Irvin McDowell, The Civil War's Forgotten General, to be published in July by Savas-Beatie. He has lectured at over 30 Civil War Round Tables, including Loudoun County. He and his wife Kathryn live in Gainesville, Virginia, which abuts the Manassas Battlefields.

Mr. Schmiel's talk will be about "Civil War Women: Underestimated and Indispensable," which is the title of two books Gene has written on this topic. Women's role in American Society underwent titanic changes because of the Civil War. . Women who had the intellectual ability, guile, strength, and, figuratively speaking, "sharp elbows," emerged from the restrictions society had placed on them to become leaders in many fields. Women became doctors, nurses, spies, soldiers, and even presidential advisers, and took on new roles which would not have been possible without the impact of the Civil War. Gene's books include the biographies of 100 of these women, and he will discuss some of the best known like Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman, and those who are less known, but deserve more attention, like Mary Bickerdyke and Eizabeth Van Lew.
Around town for the Fourth of July? Check it out!
June 2022 LCCWRT: Speaker William Connery: John Mosby, June 14, 2022! We hope to see you there! Note the new start time!

Meeting will start at 6:30 at the Balch Library. Dues are now due. Checks of $25 should be made out to "LCCWRT".

William Connery grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. He has a degree in history from the University of Maryland–College Park. In 2012, he was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Davis Historical Gold Medal for his previous History Press book, Civil War Northern Virginia 1861. Mr. Connery is a member of the Company of Military Historians and the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

Topic:
The most famous Civil War name in Northern Virginia, other than General Robert E. Lee, is Colonel John S. Mosby, the Gray Ghost. He stands out among nearly 1,000 generals who served in the war, celebrated most for his raids that captured Union general Edwin Stoughton in Fairfax Court House and Colonel Daniel French Dulany in Rose Hill, near Alexandria. By 1864, he was a feared partisan guerrilla in the North and a nightmare for Union troops protecting Washington City. After the war, his support for presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant forced Mosby to leave his native Virginia for Hong Kong as U.S. consul. A personal mentor to young George S. Patton, Mosby’s military legacy extended to World War II. William S. Connery brings alive the many dimensions of this controversial American hero.
This month’s topic is “The Roads to Manassas”, focusing on 1st Manassas, as illustrated by Mr. Kammerer’s artwork covering this battle. We are meeting at Balch Library. The meeting is on Tuesday, May 10. Meeting starts at 6:30. Please note the new time!

Brian G. Kammerer is a professional artist from Rowayton, CT, with a BA in History, Film, and Art from Denison College in Ohio. After graduating he began a career in advertising, doing film production, storyboards, and animation. Branching out into freelance work allowed him more time for fine art. His early inspirations were the sea and the Civil War; his Civil War work focusses on highly detailed overhead battlefield views. Many of his paintings are on display on the website "Civil War Battle Map Art."
Sorry for the late notification—please note new starting time of 6:30 pm!

LCCWRT April 12 Meeting, Speaker Eric Buckland at BALCH LIBRARY STARTING 6:30

We are meeting at Balch Library starting any 6:30. This is due to the Town of Leesburg and COVID. We need to vacate the Library by 8PM. Dues are due. Please make you checks out to "LCCWRT". Ours dues are staying the same, $25.

Speaker

Eric Buckland was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army in 1977. After a 22-year career, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. Most of his time in the service was spent in Special Forces. Some of his awards include the Ranger and Special Forces Tabs, the Master Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. At the end of 2021, Eric retired for a second time after working as a policy analyst on national counter drug issues and policies for the U. S. Government.

Eric has written several books about some of the men who rode with Mosby’s Rangers. He has appeared on C-SPAN twice and has had two articles published in America’s Civil War magazine. He is in his third term as President of The Stuart-Mosby Historical Society.

Eric Buckland will be discussing his book entitled, “From Rockbridge to Loudoun: Mosby’s Keydet Rangers.” 57 men attended the Virginia Military Institute and rode with Mosby’s Rangers. 21 of those same men also fought in the Battle of New Market with VMI’s Corps of Cadets. Eric will be sharing stories into the lives of some of those 57 men.
From the Friends of Ball’s Bluff!
March 2022 Meeting: The Seminary Hospital at Gettysburg

Our March meeting, the first of 2022, is in person at at Senior Center of Leesburg, at 102 North Street NW, Leesburg VA 20175. This is just a few blocks north of our usual meeting location. Again, we will NOT meet at Thomas Balch Library, but instead at the Senior Center of Leesburg.

As this is our first meeting of 2022, we will have some business and administration to get out of the way during the meeting.

Speaker: Codie Eash

Location: Senior Center of Leesburg, at 102 North Street NW, Leesburg VA 20175

Meeting time: 7:30 p.m., March 8, 2022. Please plan to arrive early so we can get organized and get re-acquainted.

Topic: The Seminary Hospital at Gettysburg

Gettysburg’s first Lutheran Seminary edifice stood for three decades by the time of the great battle, serving as a home and workplace for dozens of students, faculty, and staff on the campus of the theological school. Yet on July 1, 1863, one veteran remembered, the five-story brick structure “changed from the halls of learning to a scene of bloodshed and carnage” as hundreds of wounded soldiers sought refuge and care within its walls.

Join Codie Eash of Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center as he explores the origins of the Seminary Hospital, the personal stories of its patients, and its legacy as one of the largest and longest-serving military medical facilities anywhere on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Codie Eash serves as Director of Education and Museum Operations at Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center in Gettysburg, and is a 2014 graduate of Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a bachelor degree in communication/journalism and held a minor in history. In addition to museum tours and interpretation, he lectures for National Park Service sites, historical societies, Civil War roundtables, educational groups, and other organizations. He has published articles and essays in local newspapers, regional magazines, and national history journals. Codie is a founding contributor to the collaborative project Pennsylvania in the Civil War; writes book reviews for Civil War Monitor; and maintains the Facebook blog “Codie Eash – Writer and Historian,” which primarily focuses on the Civil War era.
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